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Friday, May 31

Summer is on its way

Are you ready to roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer? I can...

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The Metro-Manhattan Links honors female veterans

The Metro-Manhattan Links held its chapter meeting at the Alma Rangel Housing Community Room in...

The benefit of 'Benefits' the play

If you are just looking to relax and share a few laughs, stroll on over...

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'Master Pastor': Daughtry's new book

Imagine being an 8- or 9-year-old kid and playing basketball with your grandfather. It's an...

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United Palace Cathedral honors the legacy of their founder, Xavier Eikerenkoetter

Bishop Xavier Eikerenkoetter, leader of the internationally renowned United Palace Cathedral, hosts a dynamic slate...

The Rev. Floyd Flake Endorses Bill Thompson

Bill Thompson picked up another endorsement for his bid to be the next mayor of...

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Hands Off Assata Shakur campaign continues

Activists are keeping up the efforts to maintain the "freedom" of political exile Assata Shakur...

IRS under fire for tea party scrutiny

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) remains in damage control mode after it was revealed that...

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Tornado stricken Moore, Oklahoma rebounds

MOORE, Okla. -- Whenever high winds arise in Tornado Alley--this corridor of the state with...

Original Panther Cleo Silvers spreads knowledge at City College

The City College of New York just held its "16 Days of Activism Against Gender...

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"Hands Off Assata Shakur Day"

A coalition of grassroots organizations are coming together to advocate for the "political freedom" of...

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Monitoring the police to ensure accountability

"The role of cop watch organizations is primarily to observe police-community relationships and highlight injustices...

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'Hands Off Assata Shakur Day' in Harlem!

Last Thursday, activists and supporters alike vocalized their disproval regarding the Obama's administration upping the...

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Opposition to rigged elections spreads across borders

May 28 (GIN) - African leaders attempting to rush elections even where voter registrations are...

LIU Brooklyn to host Summer Program

Free tuition and housing for select high school students from across the country High school...

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Harmful chemicals to be remove from public schools soon

New York Communities for Change, 32 BJ, United Federation of Teachers and the New York...

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SUNY Downstate Medical Center is too big, important to fail

When is an institution, in President Barack Obama's words, "too big to fail?" Do we...

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Mopping up to doctoring up

While growing up, I was well aware of my mother working very hard doing days...

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Long Island College Hospital is here to stay

After a half-year worth of protests, meetings with local officials, court action and letter-writing campaigns,...

Ethiopian-born writer picked for 'genus' prize

Dinaw Mengestu, born in Ethiopia and raised in the U.S., was among the list of...

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Imhotep's guide to black events 2/22-27/13

Greetings! We join family, friends and fans around the world, in acknowledgment and in celebration...

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Kenyan lawmakers, defying president, award themselves a generous raise

May 28 (GIN) - Taking a page from their U.S. counterparts busy stonewalling President Obama's...

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Entrepreneurial energy

The founders were truly ahead of their time in terms of their view that states,...

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President Obama and the end of excuses

It is inevitable that we all make excuses. The biggest problem with excuses is that...

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Terrorism denial

On Sept. 11, 2001, we watched in horror as terrorists toppled the Twin Towers in...

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It's not our business who Jason Collins has sex with

Jason Collins coming out as gay is on the cover of Sports Illustrated as big...

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Don't begrudge God for terrorism and mayhem

Against the backdrop of the Boston Marathon bloodbath and many recent terrorist-related massacres committed here...

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A week of government scandals proves the incompetence of liberalism

Scandals are nothing new in Washington. Just about every president has faced an accusation of...

Time to go, Mr. Speaker: An open letter to Sheldon Silver

As a member of the Democratic conference, I call upon you to step down from...

$9 billion a down payment for Sandy victims

President Barack Obama has his pen poised to sign into law a measure decided last...

More aid for Sandy victims

Somewhere in the neighborhood of $50 billion--give or take a few hundred thousand dollars--was the...

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A message to the USDA: Respect Black farmers

There is no way to make up for decades of discrimination that crippled the proud...

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A legacy of excellence

This week, we lost a giant. She was not a politician or a judge, a...

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Have you been polled lately?

Four years ago, there was a mayor's race in New York City. And in the...

High stakes injustice: How the current specialized H.S. test fails minority students

New York City's specialized high schools are beacons of learning and opportunity. Their students face...

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Why I support John Liu for mayor

Our communities are in a state of crisis. We need strong, effective leadership that is...

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Baruch softball batting to defend its CUNY title

When the Baruch College Bearcats head to the CUNY AC softball championships tomorrow, they'll be...

Sizing up the Democratic mayoral candidates: de Blasio, Quinn, Thompson, Liu and Weiner

Camera ready and at every rally. Press releases galore and displaying opinions about everything. New...

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Memorial Day: A remembrance of sacrifice, and the promise of summer

Everyone looks forward to Memorial Day, the unofficial start of summer. Warmer weather and vacations...

Obama's commencement address at Morehouse

Near the end of President Barack Obama's commencement address Sunday at Morehouse College in Atlanta,...

City offers free help during tax season

As tax season begins in the nation, once again tax companies are again targeting low-income...

Hunger NYC: Before and after Sandy

The Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens are facing a dire situation. The New York City Coalition...

Fast-food workers look to organize

Fast-food workers have decided to put their respective companies on notice. Last Friday, New York...

Hurricane Sandy Food Stamp Replacement Notice

The Food Bank For New York City has launched the Hurricane Sandy Food Stamp Replacement...

Celebrating Older American Month in Harlem

State Sen. Bill Perkins and the Visiting Nurse Service of New York celebrated "Older American...

Oklahoma tornado leaves dozens dead, thousands homeless

The nation is rallying behind America's heartland and the suburban community of Moore, Okla., where...

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Klaasen scores with 'Makeba'

South African artist Lorraine Klaasen is incomparable. This was established at the recent Juno Awards,...

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Pamela Mitchell signing for life

Pamela Mitchell earned herself widespread fame when she was the "voice" of the deaf and...

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Bruce Cannon's puppet magic

Bruce Cannon has all the right strings attached. Good thing too, because the multi-talented, Harlem-born...

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Words of the 'Wise,' Wise McGriff

He's the man behind the success of many hip-hop and R&B artists who have become...

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Harlem's 'Cleare' winner

From being a concerned Harlem resident to becoming the chief-of-staff for one of Harlem's political...

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A physician on a mission

A young, highly respected physician, Dr. Aletha Maybank is a person on a mission and...

Timothy Pearson taking community service to the heart

Born in Harlem, retired inspector Timothy Pearson is all too familiar with hard work and...

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Fordham's Fagade running for team and individual goals

Last weekend was especially hectic for Fordham track and field. In Charlotte, N.C., for the...

Stop-and-frisk trial continues into week 4

As the trial to make sweeping reforms to stop-and-frisk enters its fourth week, those taking...

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Mark Breland calls on doctors and medical pros for support

Mark Breland, out of Brooklyn, N.Y., and the 1984 Olympic gold medalist in the welterweight...

Sell-out Adidas Grand Prix crowd braves weather

This year's Adidas Grand Prix drew in a crowd of more than 5,000 fans from...

The road to London starts at the Adidas Grand Prix

It's all or nothing. Two-time Olympic medalist Bernard Lagat will be running the 1,500 meters...

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Wine me, dine me, skate into my heart

The way to a happy, healthy relationship, I'm told, is keeping the romance fresh and...

Three new African-American cultural vanguards

When you turn on your TV, computer or smartphone, you are instantly connected to popular...

South Africa withdraws award to ex-prez

This week, Guyana's main opposition party blasted the South African government for withdrawing a post-Apartheid...

Guyana's opposition to pass anti money laundering bill wakes up to parliamentary power

Guyana's two parliamentary parties are readying to flex their power in ways not seen since...

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Glorious funeral services for filmmaker Bill Miles

Images of William Miles' productive and remarkable career as a filmmaker was everywhere last Friday...

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Jitu 'Big Black' Weusi passes

The best of the People's Republic of Brooklyn came out to pay tribute to Jitu...

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Film maker Bill Miles in tribute

When the heavenly clock struck on May 12, signaling Bill Miles to come home, it...

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One year later: Trayvon Martin tragedy still stings

One year later, the Trayvon Martin tragedy still stings, and some people are still throwing...

'Dojoji: The Man in the Bell,' celebrates its 36th season

"Dojoji: The Man in the Bell," presented by the Pan Asian Repertory Theatre at the...

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Fitness expert Tadeo Arnold gives 'Scandal'-worthy body workout tips

It's no secret that actress Kerry Washington, who plays Olivia Pope on the TV series...

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Travels into May

May is a wonderful month to travel, and there are a bevy of outstanding events...

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Mother's Day celeb favorites

Mother's Day dining choices are challenging, but I suggest you check out where the celebs...

Continuing the legacies of Miriam Makeba, Abbey Lincoln and Odetta

In recent years, the music world lost three of the most talented, powerful and socially...

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Wein's Newport Jazz Fest carries on!

"The granddaddy of all jazz festivals," exclaimed host Ron Della Chiesa at the opening night...

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TreVante teams up against teen dating violence

According to Us Weekly, Beyonce was the second to last celebrity after Madonna to grace...

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Lauryn Hill sentence pushed back

Lauryn Hill just bought herself a couple of weeks of freedom. The songstress was to...

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36th annual DanceAfrica at BAM worth a trip

The DanceAfrica energy is alive and well at BAM in preparation for its 36th annual...

'Dolce Vita Africana' captures iconic photos of Mali's youth

Praises to Malick Sidibe. Haven't heard of him? Think James Van der Zee, Gordon Parks...

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'Pippin' is perfection

"Pippin" delivers a plethora of perfect performances that will delight your eyes, uplift your soul...

58th annual Drama Desk Awards '13 barely recognizes Black talent

Sunday, May 19 was the date of the 58th annual Drama Desk Awards, which were...

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And the 2013 Tony nominations go to ...

Every year, I wait with bated breath to learn of the nominees for the Tony...

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Broadway legend Ben Vereen headlines Black History Month at CCNY

The City College of New York's Black studies program invites the public to a Black...

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Public housing mayoral forum gets testy...for Quinn

Council Speaker Christine Quinn didn't make friends with the crowd by showing up close to...

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Bill de Blasio states mayoral platform; focuses on education, housing

Sitting in his office at 1 Centre St., Public Advocate and New York City mayoral...

Roberta?!

Sometimes you just need to break away, get out of your neighborhood ... your island...

Harlem Earth Day celebration

It's time for the second annual Harlem Earth Day initiative, presented by Harlem Park to...

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It's beyond time to settle with the 'Central Park Five'

It has been nearly a quarter of a century since the lives of five young...

Open letter from Alice Walker to Alicia Keys: don't perform in Israel

Dear Alicia Keys, I have learned today that you are due to perform in Israel...

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CUNY City College Welcomes Back Army ROTC

CUNY City College of New york officially reinstated their Army Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) program last week. After 41 years of absence, City College will serve as the university’s headquarters for the new University-wide ROTC program, while collaborating with York College in Queens who have launched their program in January and Medgar Evers in Brooklyn that is expected to start theirs this Fall.

Thursday, May 30

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Improve your arthritis: Get moving!

Arthritis is the nation's leading cause of disability and touches one in every five adults...

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Beware: Pain pills and water pills don't mix

I can't tell you how many times patients have come to my office complaining about...

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Marijuana may be effective in fight against HIV/AIDS

A joint a day will keep the cancer away? It may be crass to promote...

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Gov. Cuomo pushes for change in pot laws

Several government officials and civil rights activists have praised Gov. Andrew Cuomo's attempt to decriminalize...

Legislative Caucus vows to push progressive agenda in state Senate

Now that the state Senate is seeing a shift in power due to the coalition...

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Wyclef Jean turns pain into music on mixtape, April Showers

Wyclef Jean is returning to music with a renewed sense of purpose that can be...

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Foxx fixed to play new 'Spider-Man' villain

According to sources, Beyonce's rumored $25 million deal with H&M has catapulted the superstar and...

Obama budget spares HIV/AIDS funding

Advocacy groups are applauding President Barack Obama's recently unveiled budget for sparing funding to HIV/AIDS...

Medical breakthrough: Child cured of HIV

Speculation that a panacea for HIV is on the horizon has been raised by a...

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Now is the time to beat HIV/AIDS

Phill Wilson is in a good mood. As someone who has been living with the...

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Freed slaves started first memorial day in the U.S.

Memorial day is a day that is set aside to honor those who fought in...

Department of Education proposes to co-locate schools again

"It isn't fair that someone could come into the school and not care what happens...

School closures prove painful

Students of color are suffering the worst when it come to public schools. Thirty-six percent...

Rodriguez speaks up for CUNY's overcrowding

City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez is asking whether or not the City University of New York...

SUNY retracts plans to close Long Island College Hospital

The State University of New York (SUNY) withdrew its previous proposal to close the Long...

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Diversity in education is the answer to adversity

Recently, my family began the search for a preschool program for our 2-year-old daughter. We...

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Ten Do's and Don'ts to having a successful summer internship.

Summer is right around the corner, and for many high school and college students, that...

LGBTQ youth center relocates to Harlem

The famed Ali Forney Center (AFC) now calls Harlem home. The center, which serves homeless...

Sequestration will hit HIV/AIDS patients hard

The significant gains and advancements made in the treatment of HIV/AIDS patients could be permanently...

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Judge releases Trayvon Martin's school records, social media activity to Zimmerman's lawyers

A judge is allowing Trayvon Martin's school records and social media profile information to be...

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Black community reacts to Assemblyman Dav Hikind's blackface costume

When it comes to racism in America, it's clearly not dead, and it's not even...

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Trayvon Martin: one year later

"We are here--because he's not." That was the chant at the Trayvon Martin rally held...

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The passing of a mighty warrior, activist Jitu Weusi

Brooklynites lost a mighty, mighty warrior on Wednesday, 22, May 2013. The carrer activist Jitu...

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Jennifer Hudson Signs onto Judge Season 13 of American Idol

After much speculation about which of the four current judges of American Idol will return...

Thursday, May 23

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Racist texts postpone student elections at Jersey City school

A series of racist and homophobic text messages sent last week to an African-American student...

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Poll: Cuomo popular despite Gov't scandals

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's approval rating rose to 64 percent after recent declines among registered voters...

Virginia fields to receive CCNY presidential medal

City College of the City University of New York is bestowing the president's medal for...

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The Youth Cafe has showtime in Brooklyn

Brooklyn, N.Y., is one of the epicenters of talent in the world. There was a...

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Don't get knocked over by the summer time heat wave--plan ahead

You know those hazy, hot and humid days are coming; they come every year. You...

Study proves African-Americans are less likely to follow doctor's orders

African-Americans and women are less likely to adhere to doctor's orders when it comes to...

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New York Urban League hosts 48th annual Frederick Douglass Awards

On Thursday, May 9, the New York Urban League bestowed its most prestigious honor to...

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COJO Child of the month benefit raffle winners announced

An elated Dona Morales (center) was all smiles after being named the grand prize winner...

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Bronx Week celebration brings Apollo Theater's first global festival of hip hop

In the spirit of the ongoing Bronx Week celebration, the biggest export the borough has...

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Touro College of Pharmacy student comes in second at biochemistry competition

Mohammad Saleh, a student at Touro College of Pharmacy, recently took second place for a...

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Leonard Patrick Komon and Aziza Allyu win United Arab Emirates Healthy Kidney 10K Race

In a record-setting time of 27.23, Leonard Patrick Komon from Kenya won the ninth UAE...

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Sal Albanese: A candidate fighting to be heard on education and housing

"Bloomberg is so wealthy, he doesn't understand what average people experience. He lives in another...

Religious leaders come out in support of fast-food workers

Fast-food workers added another group to their alliance when religious leaders came out in support...

Honoring King's legacy 45 years later

It was 1968. I was a sanitation worker in Memphis, Tenn., on strike with more...

Reflecting on fast-food worker walkout

On the 45th anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s death, over 400...

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Food & Drink Boulevard

It's time to get those sensible walking shoes on, grab some friends and prepare that...

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Happy New New Year!

I love this time of the year! I really do! I take crazy pictures of...

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Memories of Totto Ramen

In this city of "go, go, go," there is nothing more special than slowing down...

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Remembering No.42, Jackie Robinson

Imagined being offered the career opportunity of lifetime with one catch--you had to hold your...

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The village in the park

Before Central Park was created as an urban oasis for wealthy New Yorkers, the land...

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When Black jockeys ruled the racetrack

At last week's running of the 139th Kentucky Derby, jockey Kevin Krigger of St. Croix...

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Invasion of the magicicada

Get ready for Swarmaggedon. From North Carolina to Connecticut, the East Coast is bracing itself...

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To the best hotel bangs for your travel buck

Recognized as one of the premier travel magazines in the world, Travel and Leisure possesses...

Shopping to cure the Fall blues

After all these years, I've finally found another perfect thing to do, now that summer...

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Etta James enhanced 'Record Row' and 'Cadillac Records'

"You thought you'd found a good girl, one to love you and give you the...

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A rooted currency of the spirit

Most people always envy athletes for their fame and money, but really they should envy...

Documentary fest takes hard look at Black life in America

The third annual documentary festival DOC NYC closed Wednesday with a screening of "The Central...

B Michael's fall looks are gorgeous

Whether you're going to a ball or for a cocktail sip or afternoon tea, you...

Nets' P.J. Carlesimo admires the San Antonio style of business

The best franchise in professional sports is a topic that has always led to big...

Harlem in the City Festival

The City College of New York, in collaboration with the Harlem Arts Alliance, presents "Harlem...

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Singer, Amel Larrieux is Ready to Bring Listeners Ice Cream Everyday

If you were a guest at singer-songwriter, Amel Larrieux's Thanksgiving Day dinner you'd likely be...

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Knicks escape 0-2 disaster heading to Indiana

In a best-of-seven playoff series, each game takes on a life of its own. This...

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Jamaica hosts inaugural 5k run in Kingston

Two thousand Kingstonians and their international friends filled Emancipation Park in the Jamaican capital on...

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Boston marathon bombing suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, charged

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the bombing suspect still recovering from gunshot wounds, was formally charged at his...

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Kingston hosts inaugural Kingston City Run

March 8 to March 11 saw a "weekend of pure adrenalin and fun" in Jamaica's...

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Murry Bergtraum wins 15th straight PSAL title

"It's going to be 15 times in a row today," said Destiny Anderson, a senior...

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Cash chronicles her road to gold

When the Amsterdam News caught up with Swin Cash for a telephone interview, she was...

UAE Healthy 10K gets the gun

Meb Keflezighi, the three-time U.S. Olympian and 2009 New York City Marathon champ, will be...

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100 Black Men honors national civic and business leaders

Philip Banks Jr., president of 100 Black Men Inc. of New York City, welcomed 600...

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AQUEDUCT GAMBLE

The bidding war for the Aqueduct racetrack has reached a fever pitch. Sitting in Ozone...

Grim snapshot: Job seekers by the thousands at Rangel's career fair

A good indicator of the deplorable unemployment rate in our region occurred Monday morning at...

Depression is an illness, not a weakness

The month of May is Mental Health Awareness Month. As part of an effort to...

Magnesium and grapefruit juice for high blood pressure

Years ago, I can recall my mom and her friends talking about taking Epsom salts...

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Touro College Pharmacy students present research in Las Vegas

Students from the Touro College of Pharmacy recently presented results of their research at the...

Touro College of Pharmacy achieves a milestone

Touro College of Pharmacy in Harlem achieved a milestone last month. It has been granted...

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Touro students help with health camps in India

The women who had come to the makeshift "health camps" to see the student pharmacists...

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May is Mental Health Month

The month of May is Mental Health Awareness Month. As part of an effort to...

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Singers behind duo, Lady rebound with soul

Music connoisseurs who love a good underdog story can look no further than the soul...

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New York charity raffles Jamaica vacations

NEW YORK (April 19, 2012)--It's not too late to win a vacation of a lifetime...

NYUL hosts annual college fair

Thousands of students from the tri-state area attended the New York Urban League's 26th annual...

State of Black America "Redeem the dream: jobs rebuild america"

The National Urban League released its annual State of Black America Report last week. This...

Northside Center for Child Development keeps pushing

I think that I shall never see a poem as lovely as a tree. One...

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NYC Deltas celebrate centennial Founders' Day

Local members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority gathered in Midtown for a luncheon to commemorate...

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Deltas celebrate 100

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. celebrated its centennial this past weekend. Members from across the...

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One last glorious day in Costa Rica

Elias has been leading tours in the Costa Rican rainforests for 18 years. He knows...

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To an Ozark paradise: Eureka Springs, Ark.

The handwritten note on the door read: "Welcome Lysa, Joseph and William! Enjoy your stay...

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Noted historian and filmmaker Bill Miles passes at 82

Teachers of African-American history, particularly those who focus on Harlem, have found the documentaries by...

Barack won: Now what? So what?

It has been just over a week; the post election euphoria is still keeping the...

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Daryl Foriest helping with karate and a kitchen

"When I pass away, what will my funeral be like?" asked Daryl Foriest. An unsettling...

Super summer fun

The children are out of school and the question is, what to do with them...

Broadway Star Chester Gregory Talks Color on the Great White Way Harlem Arts Alliance Presents: On the "A" w/Souleo

The Great White Way was given a dose of black magic this past week during...

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Breathing: An organ recital without sound

Usually, at the conclusion of a wonderful sermon at Manhattan's Riverside Church, the organist plays...

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Davila's designs are dynamic for fall

Sergio Davila's fall 2013 collection emphasizes the quality of natural textiles. With an intelligent and...

Haitian president swings through Caricom

Haitian President Michel Martelly's swing through Caribbean trade bloc mainland countries Guyana and Suriname in...

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Open letter No. 22 to President Obama: Immigration reform now!

Dear Mr. President, The Associated Press is a trusted news leader, so when the AP...

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Tourism body looking for CEO

NEW YORK (April 18)--If you are interested in becoming the next leader of the Caribbean...

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Small islands conference set for the pacific

UNITED NATIONS (April 4) - The first was held in Barbados almost 20 years ago,...

Stop-and-frisk in the spotlight

There is something highly intriguing and, at once, deeply satisfying about the federal trial now...

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PSAL Final Four set for CCNY

Lincoln, Jefferson, Curtis and Wings advanced to the PSAL (Public School Athletic League) semifinal playoffs,...

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King was more than just a dreamer

On March 31, 1968, just days before he was assassinated, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr....

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A Rockaway event: Blessing those in need

Hundreds of Hurricane Sandy victims lined up on May 4 in Far Rockaway to receive...

Epic Theatre Ensemble brings joy of theater to classrooms

New York City students have a unique opportunity to use theater to expand their learning...

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Gangs taken off the street in East Harlem

A major gang bust in East Harlem has taken 63 gang members off the street....

Local Morehouse alums honor Dr. King

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s spirit was alive and well as alumni from his alma...

Dr. Cheikh Anta Diop: Anthropologist, historian, physicist and scholar

Cheikh Anta Diop was a champion of African history, devoting his life and brilliant intellect...

Cuomo nominates Abdus-Salaam for Court of Appeals

Last week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo nominated Shelia Abdus-Salaam to serve on the New...

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Assemblyman Vito Lopez resigns

In the wake of Vito Lopez's resignation from the Assembly, on Monday, Speaker Sheldon Silver...

'Trip' is a tremendous journey

An exceptional journey awaits you at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre on West 43rd Street. In...

Living water: Restoring Haiti's life resource

Water is life. It is something we cannot live without. The simplicity of washing one's...

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Imhotep's guide to Black events

In the spirit of our GBE African Liberation Month, "Afrocentricity and the African Resurgence" is...

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At Thanksgiving, embracing the winds of change and increasing our faith

Everyone's demeanor changes once the plane lands at McCarran International Airport. Smiles are bountiful with...

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King's Men Tour hits Brooklyn

As a shorty, I thought I was doing a good deed by trying to help...

'Standing In the Shadows of Motown' turns 10

In November of 2002, a long-anticipated music documentary titled "Standing in the Shadows of Motown"...

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Comedian, Kim Coles Reveals Battle with Depression in One-Woman Show

There was a time when the pain behind the laughter brought on by career and...

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Patti LaBelle prepares to wow crowd at Lehman

It's not the first time that Patti LaBelle has appeared at Lehman Center for the...

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Thousands support the 25th annual Walk for Multiple Sclerosis

Thousands of people showed up to support the 25th annual Walk MS to raise money...

Drama Desk nominates few Blacks

The nominees for the 58th annual Drama Desk Awards are out and there are a...

Make plans for a fantastic concert by Broadway stars

When making plans for this month, make sure that you set aside Sunday, Feb. 17,...

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Sheryl Lee Ralph: Redefining the 'Diva'

Her fans call her diva. All kinds of diva: "From renaissance diva to warrior diva....

Last chance to catch 'Sowa's Red Gravy'

Woodie King Jr.'s New Federal Theatre, in association with Castillo Theatre, is presenting "Sowa's Red...

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Bill Thompson wants to give voters a new direction

It's a second time around for Democratic mayoral candidate Bill Thompson, and now, he says,...

MET sued over misleading admission fees

For the second time in the last four months, one of the most popular museums...

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Rico Torres is a killer shot

"Lapacazo, I'm in Texas, and I'm shooting 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.' I...

Standoff in Trenton ends in death

A dangerous and violent hostage standoff last weekend in Trenton ended after police shot and...

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May 2012 dance calendar

May just would not be the same without the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (AAADT)...

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Brooklyn kicks off 'Black Brooklyn Renaissance'

There is no denying that Brooklyn is abuzz with art and culture. In many ways,...

December brings fashion forward

Now that November has come to an end and we have given thanks, paid tribute...

Can Albany Recover From Espada Hangover?

"I've always been a Democrat," said State Senator Pedro Espada on Thursday. "I never left...

Knicks chemistry improving

When this NBA season began, Knicks fans, as well as the organization, were still recovering...

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'Matilda' is a mega-funny hit!

"Matilda: The Musical" is a magnificent, marvelous, mega-funny, mega-surprise-filled theatrical experience that the entire family...

Teen's killer still in the wind

Somewhere, possibly still in Harlem, a gun man, possibly a young man, is walking around,...

Year in review: July-December

July A public memorial service is held for Michael Jackson at the Staples Center in...

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A love letter to pick-up b-ball manifests in "Doin' It In The Park"

While chronicled in movies and highlighted through various summer tournaments, outdoor basketball still missed the...

Palmieri at SOB's, regardless, jazz or not, he sings

Eddie Palmieri, a native of East Harlem, recently celebrated his 75th birthday at a River...

Summer Calendar

Aug. 9 "Barefoot in the Park," with the short film "Love Competition," by Brent Hoff....

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Urbanworld Film Festival begins this week

Heralded as the nation's largest competitive multicultural film festival, Urbanworld takes place through Sept. 23...

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Immigrants fear deportation after Sandy

Reports indicate that illegal immigrants are being hit hard in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy....

Trayvon Martin shooting: It's not George Zimmerman crying for help on 911 recording, 2 experts say

As the Trayvon Martin controversy splinters into a debate about self-defense, a central question remains:...

Women in Jazz

Geri Allen, musical director of Great Jazz Women, thanked the audience, crew and her many...

Geri Allen Women in Jazz

Geri Allen, musical director of Great Jazz Women, thanked the audience, crew and her many...

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U.S. getting ready for the 2012 Olympic Games Richardson, Merritt are America's rising young stars

Jason Richardson and Aries Merritt continue their pursuit of a spot on the 2012 U.S....

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U.S. retailers bear responsibility for Bangladesh tragedy

On April 24, an eight-story commercial building in Bangladesh, home to a number of clothing...

Brooklyn Dems deciding who will head party

Pressure is mounting on Assemblyman Vito Lopez to step down from his seat, along with...

Pols behaving badly: Huntley and Lopez in hot water

A New York State senator and a New York State assemblyman are both caught in...

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Woody Johnson used Revis to tackle a shaky financial crisis

Try this on for size: Tim Tebow is still a member of the Jets while...

Wednesday, May 22

Nigerian president agrees to release women accused with terrorist group

May 21 (GIN) - Fulfilling a demand by the insurgent Boko Haram rebel organization, Nigerian...

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Obama to bypass Kenya during long-delayed Africa trip

May 21 (GIN) - Pres. Barack Obama embarks on a major presidential tour of Africa...

Tuesday, May 21

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First MLK Drive,

FYI ... Attached is Information that may be of interest to your readers. Given the...

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Art Splash 2013 Fundraiser and Larger Than Life Art Exhibit at the LeRoy Neiman Art Center in Harlem

The Arts Horizons LeRoy Neiman Art Center located at 2785 Frederick Douglass Boulevard in Harlem,...

Monday, May 20

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Art Splash 2013 Fundraiser and Larger Than Life Art Exhibit at the LeRoy Neiman Art Center in Harlem

The Arts Horizons LeRoy Neiman Art Center located at 2785 Frederick Douglass Boulevard in Harlem,...

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The LeRoy Neiman Art Center Hosts ART SPLASH 2013 Fundraiser and LARGER THAN LIFE Art Exhibition

The Arts Horizons LeRoy Neiman Art Center located at 2785 Frederick Douglass Boulevard in Harlem,...

Friday, May 17

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The LeRoy Neiman Art Center Hosts ART SPLASH 2013 Fundraiser and LARGER THAN LIFE Art Exhibition

The Arts Horizons LeRoy Neiman Art Center located at 2785 Frederick Douglass Boulevard in Harlem,...

Thursday, May 16

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Kenyans battle lawmakers over "piggish" salary hike

May 14 (GIN) - Setting free a sow and a herd of piglets at the...

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State of emergency in Nigeria ramps up "terrorist" war

May 14 (GIN) - Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has imposed emergency rule in three northern...

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Cervical cancer vaccine, Still too high for Africa

May 14 (GIN) - A major price cut goes into effect for a vaccine against...

Return of child soldiers alarms war-scarred Central African Republic

May 14 (GIN) -The rebel-led government in the Central African Republic has another worry on...

Clean up the Pig-Stuy: Let's do something new to end corruption

The corruption scandal washing through New York is making headlines, but serious efforts to reform...

Back to the people

New life was given to the term "cesspool of corruption" when Sen. Malcolm Smith, Assemblyman...

Suffering Staten Island school brings PCBs to spotlight

As its profile increases, the New York City Board of Education has to deal with...

Court denies city dismissal of toxic PCB lawsuit

Members of the New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI) and the New York...

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Attourney general takes on smartphone theft

The New York state attorney general asked cellphone companies to examine their security measures in...

Steven Fulop elected new mayor of Jersey City

In a surprise upset victory, longtime Jersey City Mayor Jeremiah Healy failed in his bid...

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WHCR: The voice of Harlem

Community radio allows locals to express their grievances regarding relevant issues while also permitting them...

Home care workers set to lose benefits

Caregivers say that the First Chinese Presbyterian Church (FCPC) Home Attendant Corporation has stopped paying...

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For my Dad, Charles Williams: Sunrise: May 13, 1928 Sunset: Feb. 8, 2013

"You can't be what you can't see" is the profoundly accurate statement coined by the...

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Jazz heals in the aftermath of Japan's tsunami

It's been three years since March 11, 2011, when the horrific jaws of a tsunami...

Questioning current situation at WBAI-99.5 FM/NYC

As someone who has listened and contributed to this progressive radio station for over 50...

Sundae Sermon saying goodbye to Morningside Park

Revelers of Harlem's famed "Sundae Sermon" event are no longer shaking their groove things in...

Defending WBAI

"As someone who has listened and contributed to this progressive radio station for over 50...

Op-Ed: Peace to our communities

I am tired of the violence. What about you? It's time for everyone to stand...

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A new year's intro to Jacques Schwarz-Bart

It's 2013. And there's beautiful magic in the air. It floats ever so sweetly in...

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A tribute to Miriam Makeba

After hearing of Miriam Makeba's death only 15 minutes prior to taking the stage at...

A letter from Harlem Hospital Center

Dear Editor: On behalf of the Harlem Hospital Center family and the Harlem community, I...

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In God we trust, but not the mayor

A contract is more than a financial agreement between two people or parties. It's a...

Philly baby butcher, Kermit Gosnell, found guilty

Guilty of first-degree murder. That was the verdict delivered three times over on Monday, May...

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A mother's grief: Mother of Kimani Gray speaks out

"He wasn't a dog. You should have given him a chance. One shot was enough."...

Unity march links Harlem and the Bronx

On Saturday, February 23, about 200 people gathered at a cold and rainy intersection in...

Wednesday, May 15

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Historic ruling ensures diversity for firefighter recruits

On Friday, approximately 300 Black and Latino firefighter candidates who didn't score high enough to...

Tuesday, May 14

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SAVE THE DATE: May 25th "Hands To The Sky" Screening and After Party

The place to be Memorial Day Weekend! House Music Dance Party! "Hands To The Sky"...

Saturday, May 11

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Malcolm Shabazz marks third generation of family's men killed

With the confirmation of Malcolm Lateef Shabazz's death, it marks the third generation in which...

Malcolm Shabazz, grandson of Malcolm X, killed

The Amsterdam News has learned, and the U.S. Embassy has confirmed, that Malcolm Shabazz -...

Hip-hop trendsetter Chris Kelly dies at 34

The hip-hop community received sad news when they found out that one of their own,...

Friday, May 10

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Johnny O' Callaghan asks, 'Who's Your Daddy?'

You may not expect to be transported to Africa by an Irish actor from "Stargate...

Thursday, May 9

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The Urban Gypsies Music Group Has Arrived

This is a excerpt from the blog of media commentator Kyle Stanton: When this short...

Lifetime lies and fact versus fiction

Movies are fiction, not fact and fiction comes from the minds of people with motives,...

Malcolm X: Resisting colonialism

"Tonight, one of the things that has to be stressed, which has not only the...

Tragedy at the bike tour

The Five Boro Bike Tour saw cyclists from around the country joining New York cyclists...

Wheelchair Charities: 40 years of caring and giving

It's been 40 years and the hope and caring has never been stronger and more...

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Prokhorov and King going shopping for a coach

Many words can be used to describe the Nets' first-round exit from the NBA playoffs....

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Dance now: Can you Lindy Hop?

When we first received the call, it was difficult to figure out what Beverly Lindsay-Johnson...

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HCCI: "Let us break bread together"

Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement Inc. (HCCI) celebrated its 11th Annual "Let Us Break Bread...

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Free prom dresses brings smiles

On Saturday, April 27, Samuel J. Tilden High School's cafeteria was transformed to showcase over...

Sr. VP of HHC honored

On April 30, Harlem Hospital Center staff gathered in Harlem Hospital's Dr. Muriel Petioni Board...

MJ wrongful death trial starts

Because no televisions are allowed in the civil trial and none of the prominent witnesses...

Obama nominates two Black men, Anthony Foxx and Mel Watt, for important posts

Maybe, just maybe, President Barack Obama is beginning to unleash a few of the surprises...

Malcolm X Birthday Celebration at the Schomburg

In celebration of Malcolm X's birthday on May 19, the Schomburg Center for Research in...

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Activists speak on Quinn not acknowledging race in Community Safety Act

Critics of Council Speaker and New York City mayoral candidate Christine Quinn expressed disappointment and...

Eritreans free from Israeli jail

Nine Eritrean women and 10 children, ranging from 18 months to 7 years of age,...

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Harlem Youth Marines steers kids from gang violence

With names like Cash Money Brothers, Broad Day Shooters, Make It Happen Boyz, Addicted to...

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'Trip to Bountiful' is wonderful

"The Trip to Bountiful" at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, located at 124 W. 43rd St....

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Harlem Hospital supply shortage affecting patient care

Kevin Newkirk alleges that his recent stay at Harlem Hospital was less than stellar when...

Wednesday, May 8

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Triskelion Arts presents Peter Kyle Dance's 100 Days

Following its sold-out premiere in Fall 2012, Triskelion Arts remounts Kyle's extended solo chronicling one...

Tuesday, May 7

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Safer Streets Start with Real Police Reform

This past March marked two big milestones for the NYPD's controversial 'stop-and-frisk' policy. The five...

Monday, May 6

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Wendy Hilliard Gymnastics

The greatest picture of the night that our guy Bill Moore shot was one of...

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Judah vs Garcia

It was like a Holcombe Rucker League game. Harlem against Brooklyn and New York versus...

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J.R. the key to the Knicks' journey through the playoffs

Remain focused. Temper harmful emotions. Exude professionalism both on and off the court. These are...

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ALIVE! Nets live to fight another day after Game 4 win

The Nets are still alive, emerging from a three-game funk with a 110-91 win over...

Leo Branton Jr., famed lawyer for Angela Davis, dies at 91

Attorney Leo Branton Jr.'s courtroom brilliance was introduced to a new generation of admirers in...

Top-ranking Black television executive passes away

ABC's first African-American division president has passed away. Preston Davis served as president of broadcast...

Iris House holds free health fair, summit

On Saturday, May 4, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., in advance of the summit,...

Drug company donates thousands to HIV/AIDS orgs

More than a dozen grassroots agencies dedicated to the treatment of people living with HIV/AIDS--including...

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Walcott spotlights NYC school vegetarian menu

Vegetable wraps, black beans, falafel and vegetarian chili were on the menu at P.S. 244,...

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Coca-Cola maintains commitment to Apollo

Coca-Cola announced last week its ongoing commitment to the Apollo Theater. The beverage giant sponsors...

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Clover Canyon's geometric prints

Designed and produced in Los Angeles, each Clover Canyon collection reflects the eclectic, joyful spirit...

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No. 25: Immigration reform now!

Dear Mr. President, In the past 10 years, migrants from Russia securing asylum in the...

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Paid sick days legislation a victory for people of color and working New Yorkers

Last month, we won a huge victory for working New Yorkers across the five boroughs...

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Businesses must hire more vets

Two years ago, we launched Joining Forces, a nationwide campaign to rally all Americans to...

Disability vs. ability

During my more than 24 years as program director of social services and training coordinator...

'Central Park Five' in case in civil court

The civil case for justice for the "Central Park Five" proceeds at the Federal Court...

Thursday, May 2

Bill Lynch receives NAACP award

It was a blustery, sunny afternoon in front of the steps of City Hall, but...

Abu-Jamal marks 59th physical day

"Brick by brick, wall by wall, we will free Mumia Abu-Jamal!" repeatedly chanted the mass...

Camden New Jersey schools in trouble; state takes control

In another groundbreaking move since taking over as the head of the Garden State, Gov....

Rangel busy as ever

To say that Rep. Charles Rangel has been extra busy nowadays would be a gross...

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Mayor: Street cameras soon to be on every city block

As New York state looks more and more each week like its moniker, the "Empire...

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Riverside Theatre honors Dr. Cissy Houston at Women of Excellence in the Arts

In celebration and recognition of women who have made a difference in the world through...

2013 Hospital Auxilian and Volunteer Achievement Award

United Hospital Fund held its 2013 Hospital Auxilian and Volunteer Achievement Award at the Waldorf...